The New Age report has revealed that the outgoing Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela leaves behind R750 000 debt owed to G-fleet, a government fleet management company.
It has emerged that Madonsela’s son, Wantu, 27, drove a BMW X6 assigned to his mother into the garden wall of a house on Lucky Bean Crescent near Moreleta Park in Pretoria. According to the judges’ handbook, Madonsela was not supposed to allow his son to drive a state car.
The Public Protector’s finance department confirmed the debt had since accumulated interest and stood at more than R750 000. Her office has confirmed that several letters of demand and invoices from G-Fleet were received by Madonsela but she was seemingly not interested in settling that bill.
“The PP was asked questions several times regarding the matter by AG staff that were auditing our affairs and she responded, hence the statement that the AG looked into the matter..,” said Madonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe.
According to The New Age’s report Madonsela was advised to pay the money in instalments of R13 000 or have it deducted from her gratuity, expected to be in the region of R4m, but she allegedly refused.
TransformRSA yesterday said it would lead the process of opening up a case of car theft against Madonsela’s son. The organisation wants criminal charges laid against the protector’s son and herself in a personal capacity for her role in obstructing the ends of justice.
The AG’s office yesterday confirmed that it is aware of the matter although no formal investigation had taken place. “The AG of South Africa did not investigate the subject of your inquiry as this matter had no impact on the public protector’s financial statements.” AG spokesperson Africa Boso said.